For the next installment of this series, we spoke with Sean Leahy. If you didn't already know, Leahy is the associate editor of Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy Blog. He lives on Long Island and has been around Nassau Coliseum for quite some time.
Leahy was nice enough to sit down with Islanders Point Blank and recall some of his best memories a Nassau Coliseum...
IPB: What was the best game you’ve been to at the Nassau Coliseum (as a fan or reporter)?
Leahy: Probably the first ever hockey game I attended. It was 1988 or '89. The Islanders beat the Penguins. My uncle got my dad I and seats five rows from the ice right next to the tunnel where the Penguins came out. Mario Lemieux had to come off the ice for an equipment issue at one point; when he came back down the tunnel the game was still going on so he had to stand by the rink door for a few minutes until a whistle stopped play. Pretty cool to be that close to a superstar at that young of an age (I was 7 or 8); especially seeing the giant 66 just a few feet away.
Leahy: Another Penguins-Islanders game... the infamous brawl from 2011. I was in a seat in the lower bowl behind one the nets. At one point in the game it seemed that play only stopped because of either a fight or a scrum. Looking at the benches late in the third period and seeing only a handful of players left made it not only the most memorable game at Nassau Coliseum for me, but also one the most ridiculous hockey game I've ever been to.
IPB: Do you have a funny story or memory from attending or covering a game at the Coliseum?
Leahy: My memory is from attending a game but not in the traditional sense. I used to work for the Long Island Rough Riders soccer team. During one of the Islanders' mascot days they invited us to attend with Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders mascot. Being the new guy, I was picked to get in the suit and walk the concourse and greet fans. During one of the intermissions, they introduced all the various mascots and had us walk to center ice. Now I'm not a person fully knowledgeable in the art of walking on ice in giant mascot shoes, so I ended up slipping and falling on my ass. I almost wound up taking out the Geico gecko. (Luckily my head stayed on so I didn't end up scaring any kids.)
IPB: What will you miss the most about the Coliseum?
Leahy: As Islanders fans know, when the Coliseum is packed and rocking, it gets loud. Really loud. That was proven during their first home playoff game against the Penguins in 2013. The fans were loud even before the teams skated onto the ice for warmups.
I'll also miss the amazing sight lines in that building. There really is no bad seat in the Coliseum, and whether you're sitting high, low or in a corner, you'll have a great view for a game.